Melbourne - Day 2 - Queen Victoria Market, Fitzroy and St. Kilda

We started our second day in Melbourne with breakfast and coffee at Degraves Espresso.  I was intrigued by the flourless orange cake on display and had to give it a try.  Warm flourless chocolate cake is one of my favorites.  This one was equally moist and delicious, just a little less heavy.

We hopped onto an "Old Rattler", the free tourist tram that circles downtown.
We made our way to Queen Victoria Market which was enormous and featured a little bit of everything including Victoria Bitter memorabilia...
live chickens...
deli products...
giant buckets of oil...
...and vendors shouting at the top of their lungs competing to sell "ONE DOLLAR BANANAS!".  You could get a whole kilo for that price.
We lunched on Lygon Street at a cute sidewalk cafe called Stuzzichino.
We were lured in by the promise of inexpensive pasta and wine.  The meal really hit the spot after a morning of walking.
We continued out walk -- headed toward Fitzroy.  We spotted this grizzled old dog asleep on the porch.
It was Fall but the flowers were still in bloom.
This mailbox did indeed make me smile (as instructed).
We took an extensive walk in Fitzroy which reminded me of a combination of the Mission and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods in San Francisco.  The architecture had character but had lost a bit of its luster.
I saw this gorgeous mosaic in the sidewalk.
I couldn't resist taking a snap of this jaunty fellow in the old timey suit.
I liked this sign for "The Fitz".  
We saw more intricate street art at every turn.


Another large dog took a nap in a storefront window.
A well-worn post box graced the street corner.
A squatting sculpture drew us in.
In the evening, we took the tram from the city centre to St. Kilda, a neighborhood along the shore.  Window after window of delectable pastries enticed us along Acland St.  We had dinner at a tasty indian restaurant (Tandoori Times) that featured mesmerizing Bollywood numbers projected onto the wall.  It was a delicious end to an unforgettable trip to Australia.

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